Private Selection red is a continuation of Esporão Garrafeira red which was launched back in 1987. Initially, this wine was a selection of the best barrels of Esporão reserve red, but in time, with a better understanding of our estate vineyards, evolved into a selection of the best vineyard parcels of several premium grape varieties. This has resulted in a wine with great fruit intensity and a powerful tannic structure, ensuring long term bottle ageing.
Label photograph by Duarte Belo.
Ageing was achieved in 30% new barrels and 70% used (1 year old), all French oak, a mix of 225 and 500 liter barrels. Ageing took place for 18 months, with one transfer following the malolactic fermentation. The final blend was made and bottled on 23rd June 2016, with no fining and only a light final filtration.
Deep, dark red.
Mature dark berry fruits, complex tabaco, chocolate and toasty notes.
Silky texture but equally compact, firm tannic structure to ensure persistence and longevity.
94 pts | 2014 | 2011
93 pts | Cellar Selection | 2012 2007 | 2005
92 pts | cellar selection 2008
Wine Advocate / Robert Parker
92 pts+ | 2014
92 pts | 2007 | 2003
91 pts | 2008
90 pts | 2009 | 2004